The Department of Classics and Religious Studies in the University of Ottawa is unique in combining expertise in Late Antiquity and the contemporary world. Our faculty includes eight internationally recognized experts in the languages, literature, history, and religions of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern world of Late Antiquity. Similarly, with regard to the contemporary world, our faculty has a multidisciplinary group of experts on religions in Canada and the world. Their interests include religion as a category of analysis, indigenous-colonial interactions in Canada, religion and globalization, and human/non-human boundaries across cultures. The department is home to the Canada Research Chair in Religious Diversity and Social Change, held by Professor Lori Beaman, who is leading a major project on "Understanding Nonreligion in a Complex Future" and the Religion and Diversity Project. It is also the hub of the Ottawa Network for the Study of Late Antiquity, a group of experts in a wide range of fields exploring the Late Antique period in all its complexity.
We offer several two-year MA programs with either a thesis or a major research paper. Students develop the skills to investigate a question or topic of their choice through courses, a literature review, and a research project. Students work closely with our faculty and their peers throughout the program in seminars, colloquia, and research. We also provide professional training in writing a curriculum vitae, applying for grants, teaching, presenting at conferences, publishing articles, and planning for academic and non-academic career paths.
Our doctoral programs are designed to give students the methodological skills they need to conduct research and write a thesis. They allow students to focus on their particular area of interest while at the same time exposing them to a wider array of research activities in the work of their peers and our faculty. Students work closely with our faculty and their peers throughout the program in seminars, colloquia, teaching activities, and research. Both the university and the department provide professional training in teaching and learning, writing a curriculum vitae, applying for grants, presenting at conferences, publishing articles, and planning for academic and non-academic career paths.
Graduates of our doctoral programs have successfully pursued careers in university teaching and research, public policy and administration, and the voluntary or non-profit sector.